It was probably only a matter of time, but it’s still a little sad to see it go: After 36 years,Laissez Faire Books is closing down. Back in the 70s, when Amazon was just a river in South America, LFB was an indispensable resource for anyone who wanted to keep up with an obscure cluster of ideas that went by the ungainly appellation “libertarianism.” (It was also a great place for a geeky college student to learn about the history of the movement—I worked in their Manhattan office for most of my time at NYU, which among other things meant that I got to interview Robert Nozick shortly before he died.) With the rise of superstores and Internet retailing, though, it’s become a simple matter to get ahold of just about any book, leaving little rationale for niche vendors like LFB. Still it was a hell of a run; pop by their online store to take advantage of their final clearance sale before they close their doors for good.
Au Revoir, Laissez Faire!
October 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments